LEXINGTON, KY – The Graves County Eagles (27-8) fell in first round of the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen State Tournament to no. 4 Bowling Green (33-2) at Rupp Arena. The loss ended a streak of 12 straight games won by the Eagles, while the Purples have won 26 in a row and will play in the Elite Eight.
|Bowling Green (33-2)
Final: Graves 51 | Bowling Green 68
Records: Graves 27-8 | Bowling Green 33-2
Location: Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
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The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair between the Purples and the Eagles. Graves took their first lead of the game, 8-6 after senior Chris Vogt scored his first bucket. The Purples would answer with a quick 5-0 run to lead 11-8 at the media timeout. Graves would answer after the timeout and tie the game at 13 to end the first quarter.
The second quarter was just as evenly matched as the first. Graves would take their largest lead of the game at 17-13 to open the quarter after a Brady Wetherington three-pointer and a Jordyn Naranjo free throw. Bowling Green forward and Austin Peay commit Terry Taylor would score seven points in the span of one minute to put his team up 22-19. The Purples would then take a four-point lead of their own, 25-21 after eighth-grader Zion Harmon hit a three. Bowling Green would maintain a four-point lead until the final two minutes of the half, where Trevor Grant and Naranjo each scored baskets to tie the game at 29. After a layup by BG senior Kyran Jones to put the Purples up 31-29, the Eagles would turn the ball over with five seconds left. The Purples couldn't capitalize on the mistake, but they took a two-point lead into the locker room.
The Purples opened the third quarter on a huge run and never looked back. Bowling Green forced turnovers and opened the quarter on a 15-4 run. The Eagles answered with a 4-0 run following baskets from Aaron Jones and Naranjo. Zion Harmon would then go on a personal 7-0 run. The Eagles would then trail 51-37 heading into the fourth quarter. Graves turned the ball over eight times in the quarter after turning it over seven times in the entire first half and the Purples scored 12 points off of those turnovers. The Eagles tried to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late as the Purples won by a final score of 68-51.
STAT OF THE GAME
Graves had seven turnovers in the first half and eight in the third quarter alone. The Eagles had 15 total turnovers compared to Bowling Green's five.
Graves shot 40 percent from the field (19-47), 12 percent (2-17) from three and 69 percent (11-16) from the free throw line.
Bowling Green shot 43 percent from the field (24-55), 33 percent (5-15) from 3-point range and 68 percent (15-22) from the free throw line.
Graves won the rebounding battle 30-29 but gave up 13 offensive rebounds. The Eagles committed 15 turnovers leading to 17 points off of those turnovers. The Purples only committed five turnovers. Bowling Green led for 24:57 of the game, including the entire second half.
Graves was led by sophomore Jordyn Naranjo's 11 points. Senior and Northern Kentucky commit Chris Vogt had eight points, nine rebounds, and five blocks in his final game in a Graves County uniform. Vogt finished his career with 1,441 points, which is the fourth-most all-time. Vogt also finishes with the second-most blocks in KHSAA history. Junior Trevor Grant added eight points. Senior Brady Wetherington had seven points, all in the first half and three assists. The rest of the scoring for the Eagles were: junior Brenden Young with six, senior Logan Elliott with three, sophomores Ryan Mathis, Jacob Savage, and Aaron Jones with two, and seniors Jace Wiggins and Grant Jackson with one.
Bowling Green was led by senior and Austin Peay commit Terry Taylor's 20 points. Eighth grader Zion Harmon had 17 points. Kyran Jones added nine, followed by seven from Deangelo Wilson and Trey Jones.
The Eagles finish their season with a 27-8 record for their 13th season in program history with 25+ wins. They won their ninth Region Championship and 25th District Championship. They will lose seniors Chris Vogt (16.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG), Brady Wetherington (4.6 PPG), Logan Elliott (1.1), Jace Wiggins (1.5) and Grant Jackson (0.8) to graduation, and will return juniors Brenden Young (6.5) and Trevor Grant (6.8), sophomores Ryan Mathis (12.8), Aaron Jones (1.7), Jacob Savage (4.7), and Tae Shannon (1.8).